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The first manned flight to the Chinese space station

The first manned flight to the Chinese space station
The first manned flight to the Chinese space station

The first manned flight to the Chinese space station took off Thursday with a team of three astronauts, more than four years after the last manned spacecraft sent it.

The success of this mission is a matter of prestige for Beijing, which is preparing to celebrate on July 1, the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of ChinaA Long March-2F rocket carrying 3 astronauts was launched in the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft from a base in the Gobi Desert in northwest China.

The astronauts will spend three months at Tiangong Station, China’s longest manned space mission to dateAmong their many missions is spacewalkingThe Long March rocket and the Shenzhou spacecraft were transported to the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center last week, according to the Chinese space agency.

Shenzhou-12 is supposed to dock with the main unit of the Tiangong Station called Tianhe, which was put into orbit on April 29.

Last month, a cargo vehicle transported fuel, food and equipment for the manned missionIt is planned to send 11 more missions over the next year and a half to complete the construction of Tiangong into orbit, which includes the installation of solar panels and two laboratory units.

Among these missions, three will carry astronauts as part of crew rotationOnce completed, Tiangong will have a mass of about 90 tons and is expected to operate for a minimum of ten years, according to the Chinese space agency.

It would be much smaller than the International Space Station and similar to the Soviet Mir space station, which was launched in 1986 and decommissioned in 2001.

Building a Great Nation China has invested billions of dollars over decades to catch up with established space powers like the United States and RussiaSo far, it has managed to send humans into space and a probe to the moon, and last month, a robot belonging to it landed on Mars, a rare and very important space feat.

China’s desire to establish its own human base in Earth’s orbit was fueled by the US ban on its astronauts on the International Space Station, and it is now a few days away from placing the first crew on TiangongState media reported in October last year that astronauts had been chosen for the four manned missions, but officials were reticent about their identities.

So far, all eleven Chinese astronauts have been military pilotsA long-term human presence in space will be an important leap in China’s space programPresident Xi Jinping described China’s space station as a major step in “building a great nation of science and technology” after the launch of the Tianhe core module in April.

The International Space Station is scheduled to be out of service after 2024, although the US space agency (NASA) said that this station, which is the fruit of cooperation between the United States, Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan, may continue to operate beyond the year 2028

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The first manned flight to the Chinese space station
The first manned flight to the Chinese space station

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